This massage modality originated in India over 2500 years ago. The theoretical basis for this style of bodywork is the existence of the “energy body” which includes 72,000 “sen” or energy lines through which life force flows. Through compressions, pressure on specific points and stretches to release blockages, a free flow of energy is restored. Thai massage is performed on a padded mat on the floor. No oil or lotion is used. This is one of the world’s oldest healing modalities. It is a blend of massage, acupressure, energy work, and gentle yoga stretches. The client wears comfortable clothing and lies on the floor on a soft mat. Benefits from a session may include: releasing of tight joints, stretching of muscles, increasing range of motion, and reducing stress. Thai massage is known in Thailand as Nuat phaen boran, and translates as ancient massage or traditional massage, and is also known as Thai ancient massage, or traditional Thai massage.